Deck Service in Denver
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This deck design is a good choice for homes with large outdoor living areas that link multiple sides of a structure. These large, attached decks are typically installed at a slight elevation, and they wrap around at least two sides of the home. These decks are popular because they act as extensions of your living space, help with indoor air circulation, and allow you to enjoy the sun or shade as you choose. However, they are often narrower than standard attached deck designs, might be more costly and time-consuming to install, and can become more expensive if you choose to cover them with roofing.
This type of deck is excellent for large homes with drastic elevation changes. Multi-level decks are essentially multiple decks on separate levels, all connected by stairs. Because building on top of existing landscapes is more affordable than leveling land, this type of deck is a popular choice for homes on rocky, sloping, or hilly terrains. These decks might be fully connected to the house or might feature both attached and detached sections, depending on the unique design we draw up for your home. Because they require more decking supplies, multi-level decks are among the most expensive designs, and they require routine maintenance. However, they can be built in phases, and they can provide you with additional living space where it could not have existed otherwise.
If your primary goal is to make your outdoor living space an extension of your indoor space, an attached deck may be your top choice when you start shopping for decks in Denver. They are the most popular deck design style, typically designed to complement a room in your home – such as the living room – and to allow effortless passage between the deck and the room on the other side. Attached decks might be traditional, single-level structures or multi-level designs – they are simply defined by the ledger board attached to the framing of the home for maximum strength and stability and the presence of posts and footings beneath. They are a great way to enlarge and make the most of indoor spaces, provide you with a smart and functional outdoor space, and can even make your home more valuable. However, they are also subject to permits, codes, and inspections, and they can be relatively high-maintenance if they’re used frequently.
This type of deck, otherwise known as a platform or floating deck, is ideal for creating cozy seating areas throughout your outdoor space. Detached decks are so-called because they are not attached to any permanent structures and are, instead, built to stand freely alongside it, typically attached only by a pathway. Detached decks require occasional maintenance, need a patio or walkway for access, and more can be more susceptible to moisture damage than their elevated counterparts. Despite those minor drawbacks, these versatile decks are great for uneven landscapes, more affordable than attached designs, and typically don’t require building permits.
- Choose a design. When you decide it’s time to upgrade your home with deck installation, you’ll want to put a great deal of thought into selecting the perfect design. Think about factors like the elevation and design of your home, pre-existing exterior features, your style preferences, your goals, and your budget. Thanks to their extensive knowledge and experience, your trusted deck installers at Advanced Concepts can help you with this important process.
- Choose the ideal material. Each decking material has its own unique maintenance requirements, cost, and look. Some materials can even lead to a significant increase in property value. You’ll want to work with your deck builder to select the material that best suits your needs and preferences. From PVC to pressure-treated wood to composite to premium hardwoods and beyond, the options can be overwhelming – but your local deck supplier is here to help!
- Begin construction. The process will begin with precise measuring, digging footings, and installing the ledger. These preparatory steps might seem tedious, but your deck contractors in Denver take them very seriously because they lay the groundwork for a solid, well-built deck that stands the test of time. The ledger board is attached directly to the structure of the home and the footings are placed into holes (which must be dug to very specific depths).
- Build and install the deck framing. Installing the joists provides the framework for your new deck. Our deck builders will attach the joists to the ledger boards and support beams using durable, corrosion-resistant hardware.
- Install the decking boards. During this step, the deck will begin to come to life as your deck contractors lay the decking and attach it to the joists. Deck companies can install decking using bracket systems that eliminate the need to drive nails through the face of the decking boards, or we can take the more traditional route.
- Build stairs and railings. Unless your specific deck design required your deck builder in Denver to install the stairs prior to decking board installation (which may occur with some deck styles or decks of certain heights), we’ll complete your installation by constructing railings and stairs that match the quality and beauty of your gorgeous new deck. Stairs and railings are complicated to build, but our deck contractors are certainly up to the task.
When you’re selecting a deck design, it’s important to think about:
- How do you intend to use the deck?
- What goals should it accomplish – extending your indoor living space, increasing your property value, etc?
- Do you prefer the look and functionality of an attached or detached deck?
Answering these questions will help you choose a deck design and style.
- Will the deck be exposed to direct sunlight?
- What is the local climate and what weather challenges will the deck need to withstand?
- How much traffic will the deck see?
These factors will help determine the best material for your project.
- Do you prefer the appearance, durability, and charm of wood? If you prefer wood, would you opt for the performance of hardwoods (like mahogany, walnut, oak, or maple) or the savings of and beauty of softwoods (like redwood, cedar, or pine)?
- Do you value the cheaper upfront costs, resilience, and natural look of pressure treated wood?
- Do you appreciate the sustainability, low maintenance, and high performance of composite?
- Do you love the look of real wood, but want a higher-performance, lower-maintenance alternative like vinyl or PVC?
- Do you demand an ultra-high-performance, incredibly strong, and impressively durable material like aluminum?
Work with your trusted decking pro to choose the right material.
- Do your local regulations limit the size or style of deck you can build?
- Do you live in an HOA that might require approval before we begin deck construction?
We’ll take care of these housekeeping tasks before we even think about getting started on your stunning new deck.
Semi-transparent stains offer a protective, clear layer that lets the beauty and color of the wood show through. Pigment colors can vary greatly, but semi-transparent stains tend to be incomparably low-maintenance. They can typically be easily cleaned and re-coated without tedious stripping or sanding.
Transparent stains allow you to enjoy the coloring and character of the wood without altering it or covering it up. Transparent stains don’t cover the wood and, instead, they penetrate the grain – which means they are less slippery than their solid counterparts. They must be re-applied more frequently than darker stains and they can’t cover imperfections, but they still provide you with benefits like rot resistance, moisture resistance, UV protection, and protection against weather damage.
Semi-solid stains cover wood color and grain almost fully. They provide more UV protection than transparent or semi-transparent stains, and they can be easier to choose because their hue is more predictable.
Solid stains fully cover the wood grain and color, and they offer the highest level of UV protection. They look like paint, leaving an even layer on top of the wood’s surface. The more heavily pigmented the stain, the more frequently it will need to be maintained – and the re-application process involves thorough sanding, stripping, and re-staining. Solid stains can also blister, peel, and crack more easily than other stains. However, solid stains are excellent at covering imperfections, easy to clean, moisture-resistant, and come in a wide range of color options.
Water-based stains don’t typically penetrate wood fully, but they can be impressively durable nonetheless. They last longer than oil-based stains (about 2 to 3 years), but the process of stripping and re-applying can be laborious because the old stain has to be fully removed first.
Oil-based stains contain soy, tung, linseed, or other oils, and they are lower-maintenance than alternatives. They must be used in conjunction with mold-resistant chemicals due to their propensity for mold growth, but they hold onto the wood wonderfully. Oil-based stains usually need to be reapplied after a year or two, but the surface simply needs to be cleaned before re-applying – no sanding or stripping is necessary.
Epoxy-fortified stains are a modern, water-based option that uses a bit of epoxy combined with synthetic resin for the purpose of improving the color retention, durability, and longevity of the stain. Chemical additives in these formulas allow the formula to sufficiently penetrate the wood, and they provide a deep sheen akin to old-fashioned stains. Old stain must be removed prior to re-application of these formulas, but epoxy-fortified stains don’t have to be reapplied frequently.
- Inspection – When you call Advanced Concepts for deck repair, we’ll first evaluate the deck and determine the repairs we’ll need to complete. Whether the problem involves a simple repair or a full deck replacement, we’ll get the job done efficiently and exceed our own high craftsmanship standards. If we find that you could benefit from a repair, we’ll get your deck back in tip-top shape in no time.
- Remove Nails & Screws – We’ll start the repair process by removing fasteners. Depending upon the extent of the repair and the problem we’re addressing, we’ll simply remove a couple of screws for a minor repair or disassemble a large portion of the deck for more complex jobs.
- Inspect Joists & Remove Rotten Areas – If your joists show signs of rotting or damage, we’ll handle their replacement or repair first.
- Replace & Reinforce Joists – In some cases, an additional joist must be added for the sake of structural integrity. In other situations, a joist can be replaced or repaired. Surrounding framework must be fully supported and braced in order to replace a joist, so this can be a complicated and labor-intensive process that requires the help of professionals. Luckily, we know everything there is to know about Denver decks, so we’re uniquely qualified to handle this task.
- Prepare Replacement Deck Board(s) – We’ll use closely-matched lumber to cut and fit any necessary replacement boards, then weather or stain it to match the rest of your deck.
- Install New Decking – While ensuring that spacing, color, finish, and even screws or nails match your existing decking, we’ll carefully install all replacement deck boards, leaving you with a beautifully restored and repaired deck that’s ready for use.